A chimpanzee in Ukraine enjoyed about two hours of freedom after escaping from Kharkiv Zoo earlier last week when it was lured back to the zoo atop a zookeeper’s bicycle.
The 10-year-old chimpanzee, Chichi, roamed the parks and streets near the city center square in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, before being found by a primate keeper from the zoo without any fuss.
The episode’s video shows the staff member, Victoria Kozyreva, sitting with Chichi and unsuccessfully trying to convince her to return to the zoo with members of the zoo. But then, when it started to rain, Chichi ran over to Miss Kozyreva, who covered the animal in her own coat before the two hugged.
Chichi was then taken back to Kharkiv Zoo, riding on the zookeeper’s bicycle. Oleksiy Grigoriev, the director of the zoo, confirmed to Ukrainian public television, Suspilnethat the chimpanzee was safely returned to her cage.
How the animal escaped is still unclear.
Several videos of the effort to hunt down the Chichi warship have been shared widely on social media, giving a Ukrainian city facing relentless bombardment by Russian forces a moment of calm. rare jar.
For the past six months, Kharkiv has suffered almost continuous stream of cannons. Early in the war, Russian forces attempted to besiege and capture the city, but were eventually repulsed by Ukrainian forces.
Chichi, who a Zoo spokesman said is known for her warm and friendly nature, has also overcome major difficulties. On the first day of the Russian invasion, it was evacuated from Feldman Ecopark, an open-air zoo in the northern Kharkiv region that has been under constant threat since February.
According to zoo spokesman, Vadym Vorotynskyi, all the animals from Feldman Ecopark has been relocated, many of them went to the Ukrainian cities of Poltava, Dnipro, Lviv and Odesa. But shelling during the evacuation effort killed about 100 animals, including two orangutans, a chimpanzee, two bison, a large number of big cats and countless birds.
The owner of the zoo, Oleksandr Feldman, has told reporters that at least six volunteers who helped evacuate animals from Feldman Ecopark were killed.
But even after being moved, Chichi and the other animals at Kharkiv Zoo were still in danger and easily stressed by the noise of air raid sirens and artillery fire, which remained a threat. regular.
High-ranking officials of Ukraine say on Tuesday that three civilians were killed by Russian missile attacks outside Kharkiv. Separately, another rocket severely damaged an almost empty apartment building near the city center.